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Strategies of Villages in Afghanistan that have Maintained their Peace, Development, and Security

Throughout insecure areas of Afghanistan, some communities have protected themselves from violence while meeting their security and development needs. These are cases of “positive deviance” that offer examples of good practice for wider application.

Engaging Community Resilience for Security, Development and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan Project Research Report

Ajmal Shirzai
Future Generations Afghanistan
Future Generations
January, 2014

This 50-page research report documents evidence emerging from a 2012-2013 study of community-led practices in Khogyani District of Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan that have enabled some communities to be more successful in maintaining their peace, development, and security.

Future Generations Fall Newsletter 2013

Future Generations
October, 2013

This Fall 2013 newsletter of Future Generations and Future Generations Graduate School features photos and stories on:

  • New President, Everett Ressler
  • Graduation of the Inaugural Kathryn W. Davis Peacebuilding Class
  • Success Mapping and Peer Exchanges in Haiti
  • Partnership-Based Approach for Peru Community Health
  • West Virginia Veteran Friendly Communities
  • Women's Self-Help Groups in India
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Future Generations has a focus on enabling community-led processes for social change in complex and often insecure environments. In 2006, Future Generations launched research on peacebuilding—specifically the building of relationships between people, social groups, and state institutions to prevent violence and address the root causes of war, terrorism, and violent conflict.

With funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Future Generations "Engaging People in Peace" Project began a systematic review on the role of citizens and communities in building peace.

This work led Future Generations to test new approaches to peacebuilding based on the concept of positive deviance with trials underway or planned in Afghanistan, Guyana, and Haiti. In addition, this research helped the Future Generations Graduate School launch its second Master's Degree concentration—in peacebuilding—in collaboration with the United States Institute of Peace.

Below are articles, web pages, and multimedia resources related to Future Generations work in peacebuilding. For more information, please contact Peacebuilding Team Leader, Jason Calder at

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